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The Origins of an Industrial Region: Robert Morris and the First Swansea Copper Works, c. 1727-1730
This volume brings into print for the first time a fascinating historical account of the early years of operation of the first copper-smelting works on the banks of the River Tawe, the district which was, within a century, to become the world centre of a global industry. It reveals the remarkable efforts of pioneering industrialist, Robert Morris, who built a successful business in the face of seemingly insurmountable problems: how to move raw materials around with virtually no road network; how to pay workers' wages with no banking facilities, and how to overcome the hostility of rival firms in a highly competitive trading environment.
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